There have been many odd rituals performed by athletes. However, this may be the oddest I have ever seen. As defensive Thomas Keiser tells the Carolina Panthers official website, the second-year pro likes to consume Chia seeds in order to stay hydrated.


We've probably heard the word "Chia" before on those popular commercials on television that shows the Chia pets. Keiser says those are the ones he eats.

“People ask me all the time if it’s the same stuff that’s in Chia Pets. It is,” Keiser said. “I’ll have probably two or three tablespoons in somewhere between two-thirds and a full gallon of water every day.”

Although it may seem very odd among his teammates, it doesn't bother Keiser. 

"It helps hydrate you, because it absorbs 10 times its weight in water,” Keiser said, who recorded four sacks last year. “And instead of the water just going in your system and flushing right out, it’s going to sit in you longer.

“Most of the guys think I’m pretty weird for carrying that around. I just keep telling them it’s like Mike’s Magic Juice in ‘Space Jam’.”

As The Victory Formation writes, ritual is actually pretty common. The ancient Mayans actually used to consume Chia seeds as well. Let's just hope things aren't growing inside Keiser. 

Josh Dhani is the founder of FootBasket. You can read more about him at his website. Follow him on Twitter @joshdhani.


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